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74 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Jawaharlal Nehru

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Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian revolutionary and the first Prime Minister of independent India. He collaborated with great nationalist leaders to demand independence from the British rule. He participated actively in uniting the suffering masses for the nationalist movement for freedom. He became the General Secretary of the Congress and with Gandhi as his mentor he became the face of many revolutionary movements. He was imprisoned many times for these movements and was tortured to assure Independence to India. His contributions made him the First Prime Minister of India. He worked very hard to develop the country and assure democracy and equality to the citizens. He laid the stepping stones of various fields including education and defense. Under his rule, Pakistan failed to capture Kashmir and the Portuguese left Goa. He was honored with the ‘Bharat Ratna Award’ which is the highest civilian honor for his significant contributions in the freedom struggle. His writings, thoughts, work, books and speeches are still followed and revered by masses. he shared his views and thoughts through his speeches, books and writings. Much of what he said or wrote became quite popular and people quote and share his thoughts on several topics quite often. Go through some of the most notable quotes by Jawaharlal Nehru, the leader who shaped India.

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Ignorance is always afraid of change.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Citizenship consists in the service of the country.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

What we need is a generation of peace.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

It is a fundamental rule of human life, that if the approach is good, the response is good.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Every little thing counts in a crisis.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A great disaster is a symbol to us to remember all the big things of life and forget the small things, of which we have thought too much.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Time is not measured by the passing of yaers but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving people... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The best and noblest gifts of humanity cannot be the monopoly of a particular race or country; its scope may not be limited nor may it be regarded as the miser's hoard buried underground.

- The Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru

All the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart. Peace has been said to be indivisible, so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

I am the last Englishman to rule in India.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

- Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru

The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

No country or people who are slaves to dogma and the dogmatic mentality can progress, and unhappily our country and people have become extraordinarily dogmatic and little-minded

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Every great revolution, whether it is right or not, we really know has any vital, urgent need to basis. It comes not just from itself.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; The way you play it is free will.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A theory must be tempered with reality.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies that have moulded them

- Jawaharlal Nehru

In the name of religion many great and fine deeds have been performed. In the name of religion also, thousands and millions have been killed, and every possible crime has been committed.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

India cannot sit on the fence anymore. It may have to make a choice. Either way it is going face problems,

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A man who is afraid will do anything.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

If any person raises his hand to strike down another on the ground of religion, I shall fight him till the last breath of my life, both as the head of the government and from the outside

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit

- Jawaharlal Nehru

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A country is known by the way it treats its animals

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Blood and tears are going to be our lot, whether we like them or not. Our blood and tears will flow; maybe the parched soil of India needs them so that the fine flower of freedom may grow again.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The Ganga to me is the symbol of India's memorable past which has been flowing into the present and continues to flow towards the ocean of the future.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Politics and Religion are obsolete. The time has come for Science and Spirituality.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Success often comes to those who dare to act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

By education I am an Englishman, by views an internationalist, by culture a Muslim & a Hindu only by accident of birth.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Socialism is... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

But, after all, no safeguards are adequate, unless the will to give effect to them fully is present.

- Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963, Jawaharlal Nehru

In our society competitive capitalism has put family life and working life on a collision course.In Canada statistics show that over 70 percent of the burden of caring for children, the aged, the disabled and the sick falls on women most of whom receive no pay for these very essential tasks.Normally speaking, it may be said that the forces of capitalism, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer and thus increase the gap between them.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Great causes and little men go ill together.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

The light has gone out of our lives... Yet I am wrong, for the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light... and a thousand years later that light will still be seen in this country and the world will see it... For that light represented the living truth.

- Jawaharlal Nehru

Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.

- Jawaharlal Nehru